GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution: Transcendental Mediation

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Many thanks to all of the fellow GeekDads (GeekMoms, and other geeky readers) for submitting solutions this week. Here is the “situation” we asked you to mediate:

When discussing the Fibonacci-based puzzle two weeks ago (found here) one of my geeky dad friends and I were on opposite sides of an argument: I thought that more consecutive digits of pi would appear in one of the first 1,000 Fibonacci numbers, where they thought that more consecutive digits of e would appear in one of the first 1,000 Fibonacci numbers.

pi vs. epi vs. e

pi vs. e — both available from ThinkGeek!(images:ThinkGeek.com)

This week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week is for you to be a third party, and help us by providing a solution to our debate. That is, I am requesting that you provide “transcendental mediation” to our issue. (Insert drum snare here.) If there are ties in the data (i.e., both F81 and F101 contain “314”) please list the earliest / lowest instance for a given size. Be sure to start at the beginning of each transcendental, i.e., 314 and 271, and use only the digits found (i.e., don’t round up to 272.)

The correct solution to this week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week was submitted by almost everyone that wrote. Pi wins, with five consecutive digits (“31415”) found in F753. Only the first four digits of e (“2718”) appear in one of the first 1000 Fibonacci numbers, namely F266.

Out of all the correct submissions, my old D&D dice (er, I mean, “enumerated Platonic solids”) selected the entry from Dolphin Hawkins to be the winner of this week’s ThinkGeek $50 gift certificate. For everyone else, and their ThinkGeek shopping needs, please use GEEKDAD37MD to save $10 off a $50 order.

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